Re: [stella] DASM wish list

Subject: Re: [stella] DASM wish list
From: "C. Bond" <cbond@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2005 12:25:33 -0400
-----Original Message-----
From: Glenn Saunders <mos6507@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Aug 15, 2005 4:14 PM
To: stella@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [stella] DASM wish list

Personally I don't think extending the reserved
symbols is a big deal.  I don't like the idea of using
formatting to allow the use of vague-sounding labels
like this:

A = $50
    LDA #$FF
    ROR A


CAR_ADR = $50

    LDA #$FF

I mean, if people just use more descriptive labels I
don't think you'd naturally want to use a reserved
keyword.  The only time I think "A" would naturally
come up is if you were putting a label on an A
character graphics area, but you could just as easily
prefix those labels like "GFX_A" or "SHAPE_A" or

Clearly there are personal preferences shaping individual
opinions about assembler syntax. I don't believe I took a 
stand  in my post -- I simply observed that there are tradeoffs. 

Some coders don't mind assuming the burden of coming up 
with creative labels as long as they don't have to burden
themselves with formatting restrictions. Others may prefer
to conform with formatting guidelines (like indenting
in higher level languages to enhance readability) when it
promotes the widest possible symbol space. Again, I don't
have an axe to grind on this, I just note that there doesn't
seem to be a one-size-fits-all axe.

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